13 Favorite Recipes of 2016

Favorite Recipes 2016

I can’t believe it is February already! Having said that, I must admit that I’ve been a little distracted lately and have fallen behind in the blogging world.  Each year in January, I like to look back at the previous year’s posts and pick out some of my favorite recipes to highlight.  Since it IS February, I’m obviously a little late with this, but I figure it’s never too late to share a good food post. Right?  So today I’m sharing 13 favorite recipe of 2016.  We have a sandwich, salad, Mexican food, soup, and some awesome desserts!

If you see anything you like, just click the link below the picture to print out the recipe!  And as always, I invite you to comment and let me know which food looks appealing to you! [Read more…]

Potato Salad Sandwiches + Arnold Bread® Giveaway

Today’s post is brought to you by Arnold® bread. The opinions are my own.

Lunch with Arnold Bread

Today we’re talking lunch! When it comes to lunch time, there’s nothing simpler than making sandwiches!

 This spring, you can make a “better for you” sandwich with Arnold® bread.  Made with 100% whole grains, Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread is better than ever. With a whopping 23 grams of whole grains per slice, no grain gets left behind.  A hearty 3g of fiber and 100 calories per slice, Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread is packed with wholesome goodness, turning your favorite bread into the best version of itself. [Read more…]

Broccoli Salad and Taking Time for Lunch with LEAN CUISINE® Marketplace Collection

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Taking Time for Lunch

The other day I talked about the importance of scheduling and planning your day.  For those of you who missed it, here’s a quick recap.  I emphasized the importance of setting daily goals and dividing those up in to a set of morning goals and a set of afternoon goals with a lunch in between.  By setting your day up in this manner, you’ll be able to focus on a short list of immediate goals, which means you’ll be less likely to get overwhelmed by everything you need to do.  You’ll also feel a great sense of accomplishment once that morning list of goals is complete, and dividing your day up ensures that you schedule yourself a much-needed lunch time!

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a mom working from home, or a mom working outside the home, lunch is a key part of the day!  And yet, so many people skip it! (Often this includes myself, but I’m working to change that!) [Read more…]

Summer Sides Made Easy: Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad

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Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad

The other day we had a Mother’s Day get together.  I had all sorts of plans to bring a couple of dishes and a dessert, but I had a busy week and then I was sick the day before the event.  It became impossible for me to bring everything I want to bring, but I still didn’t want to come empty-handed.  Enter Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad!

These make for such a delicious side dish, and they are ideal for a number of occasions, including summer luncheons, picnics, and backyard barbecues.  They also come in a number of great varieties: [Read more…]

Summer Recipes with Carapelli Olive Oil

Olive Oil Recipes


The summer will soon be drawing to a close, but it’s not too late to get in to some summer recipes for those of end of  summer and Labor Day barbecues.  Recently I received a sample of Carapelli Olive Oil, and they also sent me some great recipes for the summer time, which I’m happy to share with you today.

By they way, olive oil also has a lot of health benefits and has a lower fat and calorie content in comparison to vegetable oil, so if you were looking to start off the school year a little more healthy, the addition of olive oil to recipes would be a simple place to start. [Read more…]

Guest Post: Strawberry Summer Salad from Lyuba at Will Cook for Smiles

Today we’ve got another guest post. This time it’s from Lyuba of Will Cook For Smiles. I’m a huge fan of her blog, and I encourage you to go over and check her fantastic recipes!  Today she’s got a Strawberry Summer Salad for us!  Take it away, Lyuba!


Strawberry Summer Salad 

 Hey everyone! I’m Lyuba from Will Cook For Smiles. I love to share cooking adventures and great recipes on my blog, as well as, an occasional craft.  I was very excited when Jerri asked me to guest post for her.

What does summer mean to you? For me, it means loads of fruit and berries. Strawberries are some of my favorite berries. I made this salad as a quick snack for my son and we liked it so much that now, I make it as a dessert (with a little whipped cream), as a side or as just a quick healthy snack.


10 strawberries

5 mint leaves

1 tbs of chopped pecans

Juice from 1/2 of lime

1/2 tbs Splenda


1. Chop the strawberries, mint leaves and pecans. Combine in a bowl and mix well.

2. Squeeze the lime into a cup and add the Splenda. Mix well and add to the strawberries.

Yes it’s that simple and so delicious!


Thanks again to Lyuba for posting today!  Be sure to check out her blog Will Cook For Smiles!


I’m linking up at Tidy Mom and these parties.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Come join The Salad Social at TidyMom sponsored by The International Olive Council’s Add Some Life.

Between May 14-21, bloggers will be sharing some of their favorite salad recipes over at Tidy Mom, so this is the perfect time to pick some new salad recipe for the summer season! For the Salad Social, I’m sharing my husband’s favorite salad, which is the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.  Since going on a diet a few weeks ago, he’s been taking these for lunch every day.

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